I just returned home after attending a conference at on MRI at Hotel Retreat at Mudh Island in the city of Mumbai. When you look for it in the map of Mumbai city, Mudh Island is a triangular strip of land-mass that juts into the Arabian Sea like a lancet. Hotel retreat is located at the tip of this island – far away from the madding crowd of this giant among metropolitan cities. When I slipped into the ubiquitous black-yellow cab and blurted ‘Mudh Island’, the cab driver gave an incredulous look. The expression on his face seemed to wonder why on earth any body would like to book a hotel room so far off when much better hotels are available in the mainland. Little did he know that it was the organizers who chose this hotel for the conference and not me. But once you reach the hotel after a long drive through a narrow road, you will find it worth the trouble. The hotel lives up to its theme, ‘City Ends, Life begins’. The hotel staff is courteous, well-groomed and appears genuinely pleased to receive you.
The rooms are neat and tidy but the electrical wiring and plumbing need attention – lights flicker when switched on, phones crackle with annoying background noise while the taps in the bathroom look jaded and worn-out, bereft of any shine.
According to me, the chief attraction of this hotel is the swimming pool – easily one of the biggest I have seen. The cascading water-fall along with scores of seagulls, swallows and crows make swimming here an unique appearance. We had a tough time getting our 12-year-old son out of the pool! It was a delight to watch the seagulls land majestically at the edge of the pool with crumbs of seafood in their beaks and wash them in the pool water before gulping it in. These winged friends do not seem to mind sharing the pool with you at all as long as you keep a safe distance!
The convention centre is typically modern and hi-tech enough with almost perfect audio-visual experience. Two and half days of exhaustive lectures went on without a single hitch.
Now, the flip side. The all pervading stink of drying catch of fish on the beach, if one can call it a beach at all, can be really annoying. But what can the hotel management possibly do for that? It is after all a question of livelihood for the scores of fishermen who are in fact the original inhibitors of this island. Fortunately, the smell does not bother once you get into the air-conditioned cocoon of the conference hall, your rooms or the dining venues.
The hotel is in urgent need of paint from the outside – paint seems to peel off from every where.
This hotel is worth a try, in spite of the negatives – the serenity and quiet of the place makes every thing else tolerable. So, if you are tired Mumbaikar, just hop into western line local train, get down at Borivali or Malad station, hire a cab and spend a peaceful week-end before plunging back into the mad rush and din of ‘Amchi Mumbai’ on Monday morning. Good luck and have a happy week-end.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At The Retreat Hotel & Convention Centre you are ready for the action even before you unpack. Because no other holiday destination rejuvenates you so completely. It’s fun and entertainment all the way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel The Retreat Mumbai